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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie walks into a classroom at the Citizens Alliance for Progress and is immediately mobbed.

A dozen children want to shake his hand, show him their drawings or how many checkmarks they have next to their name on the chalkboard (a checkmark is a positive note; do anything wrong and they get an ‘x’).

It’s summer, but these students are still in a classroom. And they love it.
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Friday, August 28
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs will be making sandbag materials available at three locations within the city beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in anticipation of possible heavy rains and flooding that may be associated with Tropical Storm Erika.

Locations are:  Roosevelt at Dodecanese Boulevard; Live Oak Street parking lot (adjacent to the Dog Park); and Dorsett Park (Harrison Street at Levis Avenue).

Tarpon Springs officials will be monitoring developments and consulting with Pinellas County Emergency Operations team over the weekend.
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Thursday, August 27
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs Public Services Division, Wastewater Collection Department, will perform sewer line testing for leaks by means of smoke testing in various areas, beginning, Friday, Aug. 28.

The testing should continue for about four to five weeks. Residents in each area of testing will receive door hangers prior to the testing in their neighborhood.

The purpose of the testing is to identify areas where storm-water may be intruding into the wastewater treatment system. Customers are encouraged to call the City of Tarpon Springs Wastewater Collection Division office at 727-942-5616 for any additional information they might need.
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Thursday, August 20
TARPON SPRINGS - For the sixth straight year, the Tarpon Springs millage rate is expected to remain at 5.4500 mills, the same rate it’s been since 2011.

If that millage rate passes through both public hearings and City Commission approves it, Tarpon Springs residents will pay $5.45 per $1,000 in property value. For example, a house valued at $200,000 will owe $1,090 in property taxes. At that rate, Tarpon Springs estimates it will generate $7,594,875, about $380,000 more than last fiscal year.

Of that, about $1.12 million has been allocated for capital outlay, including about $106,000 being allocated for new books, publications and databases for the Tarpon Springs Library, $14,000 for new computers at the water treatment plant and $10,000 for new SWAT equipment for the police department.
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Tuesday, August 4
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs is reporting that most roads are now open or will soon be open Tuesday morning with the exception of South Walton Avenue between Tarpon Avenue and Lemon Street. A large amount standing water is still present at that location. 

Please exercise caution. Crews are currently assessing damage caused by the extensive rains and flooding yesterday. Curlew Place is partially closed for street repair.

The Tarpon Springs Golf Course experienced a great deal of flooding. Golf Course staff has advised that the course will remain closed today. A partial course may be reopened as soon as tomorrow. 
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Thursday, July 23
TARPON SPRINGS - For 30 years, Island House Restaurant, opened in 1963 was a stable along Clearwater Beach, home to locals and tourists alike. It was a favorite spot for Philadelphia Phillies officials during spring training, complete with a baseball wall in the dining room that featured the autographs of hundreds of players who had made their way through the restaurant over the years.

Owner Manuel Houllis, who retrieved the Epiphany cross in 1943, was as well-known as his Greek cuisine.
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TARPON SPRINGS - When she was 15 years old, Ada Torres-Del Gais won a trip to Puerto Rico, her birthplace, for registering 10,000 voters in the Bronx, New York.

New York politician Ramon S. Velez, who had hosted the competition, immediately took note.

“He took me under his wing,” she said. “He always said ‘your passionate, I like that.’”

So she volunteered for him, doing research on the district and census data. Eventually, she started a part-time job at one of Velez’s nonprofit organizations.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs City Commission has begun discussions about increasing the city’s stormwater rate to help fund upcoming projects.

Tarpon Springs hasn’t changed or updated rates since the creation of the stormwater capital improvement project in 2001, said Bob Robertson, public services program manager, at a June Commission workshop session. The project, which addresses flooding and water quality issues, spends funds in two areas: maintenance and capital improvement work.

Currently, the rate sits at $5.65 per equivalent stormwater unit per month. Each residential property counts as one unit, while commercial properties are calculated by size.
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• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Book Time at Brooker
TARPON SPRINGS – Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursday, Sept. 3, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.

Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited.

Preregistration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit
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Sunset Beach Music Series
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division, Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Sun Toyota New Port Richey present an evening with Slickside Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at Sunset Beach. Slickside specializes in blues, classic rock and country rock.

The Sunset Beach Music Series will be held February through November on the first Thursday of the month. The event is free. Overflow parking and shuttle will be at Tarpon Springs High School. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Pets and alcohol are prohibited. Sunset Beach is located 1800 Gulf Rd. For more information, visit or call 942-5628.
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Aquatic fitness classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department is again offering aquatic fitness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 10 to Sept. 22, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

The cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for nonresidents. Silver Sneakers members are welcome. Aquatic fitness provides muscle toning and a cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
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Caregiver Coffee Hour
SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.

The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.

A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.

RSVP appreciated for coordination of seating and refreshments. Call 578-2558 or email For more information, call 393-7711 or visit /flgulfcoast.
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Oil painting classes
INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter. Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and  critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.

Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting.  Individual creativity is emphasized.

The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary. For more information, call 595-1083 or email
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Parkinson’s Support Group meeting
LARGO – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m., at the Heron House, 2050 East Bay Drive. The group meets first Thursdays at Heron House. For information, call 559-7776 or 596-2167.
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South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal
SOUTH PASADENA – The South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal for its upcoming season will be Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:15, at the South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.New members are welcome.

The band is made up of volunteers who love to play and share their music with the community. Currently, the band has about 45 members. New members are being recruited. The band is particularly in need of percussionists.

The South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal for its upcoming season will be Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:15, at the South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.

For information, call John Hoover at 398-9639 or visit
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Starkey Parkies support group
LARGO – The Starkey Parkies host a monthly support group meeting first Thursdays, 1 p.m., in the second floor café at Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road.

The group welcomes people with Parkinson’s, care partners, family and friends. Refreshments will be served. For more, email Theo Betjemann at
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• Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.

The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.

Call 734-0757  
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Friday Night Dinners
LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
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